Archive for February, 2008

Making it up as I go along

February 23, 2008

I have a stupid stinking cold.  I can’t be far away from a box of tissues and I generally feel like someone has filled my skull with that cavity wall filler stuff, you know the stuff that expands to fill the space and then goes hard. And it really sucks to be ill at the weekend. On the plus side it’s not affected my knitting output yet. The Apple Green Gloves are very long now, they are about 3/4 of the way up my forearms and I’ve increased 8 stitches to allow for arm widening and now I’m stuck…. I don’t know whether to:

a) do about an inch of stocking stitch with a line of yarn overs/k2togs in the middle to make a picot edge which when hemmed I could use to hide some elastic in to make sure that they do stay up my arms when I’m wearing them or…

b) do an inch of ribbing all the way round and hope that the elasticity of the rib is enough to hold them up.

If anyone’s reading this and has any thoughts please comment and let me know which you thing would be best.

So while my gloves are paused while I decide I’ve picked up the two spiral socks made of tofutsies that I started at Christmas. I’m making progress at the moment but I’m going to get to a point quite soon where I’m not sure whether to continue up the calf in the spiral pattern on a stocking stitch background or whether to switch to ribbing as this will be better for the staying-up factor. The main point of these socks is that I don’t particularly like the yarn so I was going to make as long as possible socks to use it all up – one from each end of the ball.

I guess these are the dilemmas that come from not using a proper pattern and making it up as I go along.

Gloves continued….

February 17, 2008

Quick update. My apple green gloves are coming along really well.  I finished both thumb gussets yesterday and then continued knitting the pattern on the back/top side with a 1×1 rib on the underside from the heel of the hand.  I decided the rib would provide some elasticity so that they gripped my wrists/arms well and to prevent them slipping down my arms and so far it seems to be working.

It was one of those wonderful winter sunny but chilly days today so I went for a walk this afternoon to make the most of it.  It was lovely to be outside and getting some exercise instead of being stuck in an office all day.  I listened to episode 46 of Cast On and Brenda interviewed Amy R Singer about creating Knitty.com and writing No Sheep For You and I really think I’d find that book useful as I can find wool yarn quite itchy. It has a section all about the qualities of different wool substitutes that sounds interesting. It might help when I switch yarns for patterns like Demeter as the cotton I chose didn’t block well but another not-wool yarn might have done. So I think it’s going on my ‘books to buy’ list.

Apple Green Gloves

February 16, 2008

Apple Green Gloves

Progress so far…. this is where the right glove was last night at quarter to midnight when I finally decided it was time for bed.  And now the left glove is at the same point. As you can see I have a lot of ends to sew in and there are at least 5 more hiding inside each glove. I did partly weave them in as I went so it shouldn’t be too onorous. 

I wanted these to be long gloves as I get cold wrists when I’m wearing gloves and a coat so I’ve decided to knit ribbing on the underside of the cuff/forearm to provide elasticity and continue the pattern with two repeats down the top of the cuff/forearm for decoration.  But so far I’m very pleased with them and the pattern really isn’t as complicated as it looks. This page gives a link to all 4 installments of instructions.  It’s based on a pattern by Meg Swansen. 

Apple Green Scarf

February 9, 2008

Applegreen

This is the lovely Apple Green scarf that my mum knitted for me last week. And this is the best picture I could take of me wearing it but I still look awful.  When we were in Bournemouth the other week I saw a very long scarf knitted in a lace pattern that I really liked it but as my coat is black I wanted it in a contrasting colour like bright red or blue and they only had it in black.  So I measured how long and wide it was and mentally made a note to recreate it in a colour I liked.  Well mum actually did something about it (unlike me) and last weekend she presented me with this lovely apple green scarf made of two balls of Sirdar Snuggle DK.  As I’m wool-itchy she picked the Snuggly DK because it’s made of nylon and acrylic but feels lovely and soft.  It’s been a great success and I’ve worn it everyday since. 

mumscarf

Then at 5am this morning I woke up and suddenly decided to get some more of the same yarn to knit myself matching gloves and possibly a hat. In bed while I was trying to get back to sleep I decided to knit i-cord fingers and a top down glove with the same lace pattern as the scarf on the back of the glove and then possibly knit them with long arms with the same pattern all the way round. So I’ve bought two balls of yarn and cast on 3 fingers so far.
KIP tomorrow afternoon with my friend Nic and I shall continue with my glove knitting.
I’m still knitting the baby jumper but I’m not too sure about it yet. Will see how it goes, I think I’m knitting too loosely.

Happy Birthday Mum!

February 3, 2008

tentacle

This is a fabric postcard that I made for my mum’s birthday.  It’s sort of a birthday card substitute.  I’m not sure what it is, the spirals came from a doodle I did last weekend with a purple highlighter pen and some coloured felt tips.  And I did the multicoloured background with pastels.  On the postcard the background was water paints on bondaweb ironed onto vilene.  Then I sewed the spirals of Debbie Bliss cotton DK on with a crewel embroidery thread and the beads were sewn on individually with purple machine thread.  I’m quite pleased with it but it was really time consuming doing it all by hand. 

Curly points

February 2, 2008

Demeter is finished! I finished it last Saturday evening and then blocked it on Sunday as I was intending on wearing it to work on Monday. BUT the little points around the bottom lace border just wouldn’t stay flat and kept curling under and I’d blocked it a little big so I reblocked it on Monday evening and completely left it alone until Tuesday evening. I pinned out ALL of the little points along the bottom and then put it on Wednesday morning and SPROING all the points curled under!!! GRRRRR what can I do?

Demeterblock

I kind of understand that it happening because the border is knitted sideways so it’s curling under like the sides of stocking stitch always do, but how do I stop it doing it? I’ve looked at the pictures of Miriam’s original camisole on Ravelry and her points are beautifully straight and pointy. I guess it could be because I used Elle Cotton Fields DK instead of the ShibuiKnits Sock yarn that Miriam used.  But surely there’s something I can do. It makes me feel like I wasted time making little triangles when noone can see them.  But apart from that I love it, it’s really comfortable and I got some nice comments about it at work. 

demeterfo

NEW WIP: Sublime “Preppie” jumper for a baby who is due in April.  But I don’t have any pictures yet as my camera batteries keep dying on me.  I don’t have much luck with electrical goods and rechargeable batteries.

red coat If you’re in Bath in the next few weeks have a look at the Blue And White exhibition at the Victoria Art Gallery. Three artists have created work inspired by blue and white china – Kaffe Fassett, Candace Bahouth and Carole Waller. Candace Bahouth’s mosaic shoes are really amazing. I went today and then afterwards bought this wonderful corduroy red coat in Marks And Spencers. It was the last one and was in my size so it must be destiny! And it looks wonderful with the apple green scarf my mum knitted me this week.